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Prendergast Promotes Awareness, Action

Monday, April 23, 2012

The idea of peace starts with awareness and dialogue to then proceed with action.

Starting today and continuing through Thursday, John Prendergast, co-founder of The Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity, is here at USD to bring attention to and inform the campus community about what’s happening and how to get involved.

A human rights activist who has worked for peace in Africa for more than 25 years, Prendergast has been a frequent Peace Scholar in Residence at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (KSPS) since 2008. Prendergast will conduct four seminars and will be present for two film screenings connected to his work.

This week’s events, which are co-sponsored by the KSPS and the College of Arts and Sciences, are open, free of charge, to everyone. RSVPs are recommended at

Monday, April 23 (seminar): “Making a Difference: 10 ingredients for Making an Impact”; 2:30-3:50 p.m., Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (KIPJ) rooms H/I.

Tuesday, April 24 (seminar): “Congo, conflict minerals, and how your cell phone fuels the deadliest war in the world”; 12:30-2:00 p.m., KIPJ rooms E/F.

Tuesday, April 24: STAND USD, a student organization, hosts free film screening for “Blood in the Mobile,” 7 p.m. KIPJ Theatre. Stephanie Stenner from The Enough Project’s Conflict Free Campus Initiative will speak at the conclusion of the film’s screening.

Wednesday, April 25 (seminar): “How to pursue an international career”; 4-5:30 p.m., KIPJ Room D. A networking reception follows.

Wednesday, April 25: Documentary film: “Staging Hope” with actress/producer/social activist Melissa Fitzgerald at 6:30 p.m., KIPJ Theatre. After two decades of a rebel war, this film examines a journey with 14 Ugandan children. There will be a post-film discussion on topics such as the recent Kony 2012 video, actions surrounding “Cover the Night” on April 20, and San Diego-based Invisible Children. Fitzgerald is best known for her role as “Carol” on NBC’s “The West Wing.” A reception and book signing will follow the event.

Thursday, April 26 (seminar): “Why South Sudan advocacy succeeded, Darfur advocacy did not, and the implications of the Arab Spring on the future of the two Sudans”; 12:30-2 p.m., KIPJ rooms H/I.

— Inside USD staff

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